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OK DOC - Lexington Assessment & Reception Center (LARC)

State Prison

Last Updated: May 29, 2021
Address
15151 Hwy 39, Lexington, OK 73051-0260
Beds
1450
County
Cleveland
State - medium
Phone
405-527-5676
Fax
405-527-9892
Email
lxcc@doc.state.ok.us
Mailing Address
PO Box 260, Lexington, OK 73051-0260
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OK DOC - Lexington Assessment & Reception Center (LARC) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 405-527-5676

The inmates housed at Lexington Reception Center located at 15151 Hwy 39 in Lexington, OK are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

The Lexington Assessment & Reception Center (LSRC) is a multi-function, state-operated adult male correctional institution located in Lexington, OK. The institution has a capacity of 1,450 males. Lexington Assessment and Reception Center serves both as an intake and a long-term male facility.

The institution offers job opportunities for both medium and minimum security offenders. The minimum security offenders are assigned to the Prisoner Public Work Program (PPWP), five days a week for the following agencies: City of Noble, City of Lexington, Department of Mental Health, Oklahoma Correctional Industries, and Oklahoma Military Department - Heliport. The Lexington Career Tech Skills Center is located on the grounds of LARC. Students are from the medium security yard at LARC. The cabinet-making apprenticeship program trains workers to journeyman level in the cabinet making trade, covering all aspects of woodwork and design with an emphasis on safety in all aspects of the skill. Friends for Folks in conjunction with Second Chance animal rescue is a program designed to help long term offender's deal with their time. The offenders train dogs and donate them to local nursing homes as companion dogs.

Introduction

The Friends for Folks (FFF) Program, which trains dogs for placement with senior citizens, handicapped persons and private individuals has been in operation since 1990 at the medium-security prison, Lexington Assessment and Reception Center, in Lexington, Oklahoma. FFF has gained national and international recognition for the effectiveness of the program and has been featured on television programs such as Animal Planet. Visitors have come from as far away as China and Norway to view the program operation. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections provides staff supervision, training facilities and minimum funding. Most funding required for program operation comes from donations from grateful dog recipients and other sources such as Oklahoma State University. Dr. James Otto and Dr. Aaron Cline both practicing Veterinary Medicine in Norman, Oklahoma, generously donate veterinary care and/or basic animal health care instruction for Friends for Folks dog trainers as needed.

Training Program

Training mainly consists of basic obedience. Here is an example of some of the basic commands.

Heel, which teaches the dog to walk on the left side of the handler without leading or lagging.
Sit, which teaches the dog to sit on command.
Down, teaches the dog to lay down on command.
Stay, teaches the dog to stay in position until a release command is given.
If time permits, some are taught tricks and other commands such as “Off” or “Go to Bed.”

There are currently two primary aspects to the program.

The first type of dog is received from Second Chance Sanctuary, a no-kill animal sanctuary in Norman, Oklahoma (www.secondchancenorman.com), Dogs as Family (www.dogsasfamily.com) and various other rescue organizations throughout Oklahoma. These dogs have typically been victims of abuse or neglect and require substantial patience, care, and training in order to become suitable for placement with senior citizens or nursing homes. When training is complete and the animal passes rigorous testing, they are matched with the person(s) most compatible with the dog. By providing a senior citizen with a “friend”, we believe that it increases their desire to live, helps them cope with loneliness, and gives them a conduit to express affection. The dog becomes a companion to be petted, pampered and cared for which oftentimes eases feelings of grief over the loss of spouses, family members or friends.

The second type of dog is received from private citizens who want to have their personal dog trained in basic on-leash and off-leash obedience. This training is for short periods of time, most often one month, and is called “High-Intensity Training”(HIT). When the training is complete, the dog-owners are amazed at the transformation accomplished in their dog. They are very appreciative of the training which would cost upwards of $300.00 or more at a private dog training facility.

Other Benefits of the Program

In addition to the benefits for senior citizens, servicemen and women, hearing impaired persons, mentally handicapped individuals as well as animals rescued from neglect and abuse, there is also a tremendous benefit to the offender population.

Currently, there are eleven long-term offenders actively involved with the FFF Program. By training the dogs, the “friend” changes the offender’s outlook on life and the way he does time. The human-animal bond develops a more caring attitude and improved self-image which translates into a more positive and caring attitude toward staff, other offenders and society as a whole. In addition, it gives them a sense of accomplishment and responsibility which could help them transition to society and become a productive citizen if eventually released from custody.

In addition to the offenders directly involved with the program, there are additional benefits to the offender population. It has long been noted that the housing unit where the FFF Program has been in operation has been the most peaceful and calmest unit at the facility. The presence of the dogs on the unit allows the men an opportunity to express affection and experience an increased sense of normalcy. As noted previously, therapy dogs also visit units where men are in the infirmary or long term assisted daily living.

Conclusion

Friends for Folks has been a tremendous asset to the citizens of Oklahoma, particularly some of the neediest and vulnerable members of society: the elderly and handicapped. The program also has a beneficial effect for the offender population, both the trainers and the population as a whole. Last but not least, the program helps our “friends”, the dogs themselves, live a happier life.

OK DOC - Lexington Assessment & Reception Center (LARC) - Facility Brochure
OK DOC - Lexington Assessment & Reception Center (LARC) - Friends for Folks (FFF) Program

Inmate Locator

OK DOC - Lexington Assessment & Reception Center (LARC) is a facility in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

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Covid Visitation Information

Visitation is suspended until further notice.

Visitation schedules will vary across the state due to multiple factors, including the number of inmates at each facility, staffing levels, space available, and safety concerns. We will continue to evaluate ways to accommodate the various needs of our inmates and their families as the situation allows. Thank you for your continued patience.

Visitation will be highly structured to accommodate social distancing. Visiting sessions will extend two hours and offered multiple days a week.

Inmates are allowed scheduled visits of no more than four immediate family members. Children are included in this count. Immediate family is defined as a spouse, natural or surrogate parents, grandparents, father-in-law, mother-in-law, children (to include stepchildren and adopted children), grandchildren, siblings, aunts or uncles.

Visitors will be required to provide the visitation coordinator the following information: name, phone number, inmate’s name and DOC number, housing unit, relationship to the inmate, and the number of visitors in the party (including children).

Visitors must follow all ODOC rules found in policy OP-030118. Also, all visitors must abide by the following rules and any other rules posted inside the visitation room:

  • Only inmates on levels 2-4 will be allowed visitation, one per week unless otherwise noted
  • Wear a facemask provided by the facility while on facility grounds (Children under the age of 2 are not required to wear a mask)
  • Complete a health-screening questionnaire and have temperature measured prior to entering visitation room
  • Maintain, at all times, at least 6 feet social distancing
  • Chairs in the visitation room will be set up 6 feet apart between the inmate and each visitor and cannot be moved
  • No physical contact between visitors and inmates is allowed
  • Only items allowed will be identification, car key, and baby care items
  • No money will be allowed inside, and vending machines will not be in use

Facility personnel will immediately end any session when a visitor is not adhering to these or other posted rules. The safety of our inmates and staff is our first priority.

The facility will ensure visiting rooms and visitor bathrooms are cleaned and disinfected before each session. Facilities will provide hand sanitizer stations at visitation checkpoints and inside visitor bathrooms.

As normal, facility staff will pat search all inmates and visitors prior to visitation.

Visitation Information

Lexington Assessment and Reception Center - Visitation

Visiting Hours Hours / Days

Saturday & Sunday

  • LCC – 9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
  • RTMU – 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

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